September 12, 2007

Final Call For Participation EC-TEL 2007

Posted in 2007, call for participation, conference, doctoral consortium, ec-tel, keynote, science fiction, technology enhanced learning, workshop at 6:49 am by klamma

EC-TEL 2007 – Second European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning
“Creating new learning experiences on a global scale”
17-20 September 2007, Crete, Greece

Come join us for the 2nd European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, from 17 to 20 September in Crete, Greece: four days of Serious Fun!

In one week almost 200 professionals, researchers and visionaries in the field of technology enhanced learning will meet in an unique atmosphere. To facilitate discussions and debate about creating new learning experiences on a global scale the conference has created exciting opportunities to communicate and contribute.


– The conference proceedings are available to registered participants for four weeks around the conference week. Thanks to Springer for this opportunity.

– The workshop proceedings are online on

– The doctoral consortium proceedings are online on

WEB 2.0

– The EC-TEL 2007 blog is available at

– The EC-TEL 2007 wiki is available at

– Following Wired Magazine we are announcing a 6 word short story competition about the future of technology enhanced learning in a science fiction manner. A special price for the best story will be awarded by Bruce Sterling and Hermann Maurer. Please post your stories on


– Bruce Sterling, professor at the European Graduate School and “visionary in residence” at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

– Hermann Maurer is professor of computer science at the Technical University Graz in Austria.

This year’s exciting program includes the following highlights:


Several high ranking officials from the European Commission will present their views on technology enhanced learning, with a specific focus on research funding, the Framework Program 7 calls and other funding instruments.

The GLOBE consortium of learning repository networks ( will use its panel session to hold a public dialogue about your requirements for share and reuse and how it can address these. This will be a unique opportunity to learn more about this global community of repositories.

There will be almost a full day of industrial sessions, where participants from IMC, BT, EADS, IDS, Synergetics and Giunti will present their experiences and lessons learned.

Two days of workshops will precede the actual conference days: with topics ranging from social information retrieval to collaborative open environments for project-centered learning these workshops provide excellent opportunities for more in-depth presentations and discussion of specific TEL topics. Additionally a couple of project meetings will take place around EC-TEL 2007, e.g. the EducaNext Steering Committee Meeting and the PROLEARN Academy Meeting. If you are interested in ask for further arrangements.

The 2nd doctoral consortium will take place at Tuesday and offers an overview about innovative research approaches in Europe. The consortium is open and free of cost for all EC-TEL 2007 participants.


If you have any comments or questions, then please do not hesitate to contact us!

Wolfgang Nejdl
General Chair

Erik Duval, Ralf Klamma
Programme Chairs

Konstantin Makropoulos
Local Organisation Chair

Martin Wolpers
Organizing Chair

Barbara Kieslinger
Publicity Chair

Frans van Assche
Workshop Chair

Volker Zimmermann
Industrial Session Chair

Katherine Maillet, Denis Gillet, Tomaz Klobucar, Ralf Klamma
Doctoral Consortium Chairs


1 Comment »

  1. Teemu Arina said,

    My entry for the 6 word competition:

    Homo contextus expands brain size virtually.


    Contextus = latin, connected or weaved together
    Context = Circumstances in which an event occurs

    One explanation of Homo sapiens is the larger physical brain size and other physical differences compared to earlier Homo’s, including Homo erectus. Current form implies abilities of human beings to complete advanced tasks with advanced tools like abstract thinking, because of the increased capabilities of the neural network to operate such tools.

    Our brain size has a physical limit for growth according to various researchers. I propose Homo contextus will overcome this limitation through distributed cognition mediated by the intersection of electricity, speed of light and virtual communities. Technology-enhanced learning leads to global mindsphere, turning schools into obsolete facilities for centralized control. Homo contextus has no need for centralization in a decentralized world where both people thoughts and objects exist in the fingertips. Contextual services exist to link those who want to learn with those who want to teach. For the first time in human history we have the ability to escape the limitations of human communication.

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